The period 2000-2004 was a period of
stabilisation and consolidation of provincial and local government. After
creating a new government and starting to build a new administration, steps
were taken to improve the operational efficiency of the provincial administration
and a number of initiatives were launched to address very specific challenges,
with mixed effect.
In this period ECSECC functioned as
the de facto province policy nerve-centre in response to call to accelerate
state transformation. The core focus was on support to Provincial Government
(cluster support and transformation of key departments such as Treasury,
In keeping with its man founding
mandate, ECSECC facilitated the development of 2004-2014 Provincial Growth and
Development Plan through a Project Management Unit set up by the Office of the
One of ECSECCs major achievements in
this period was the facilitation of a massive social grants registration drive
in collaboration with Department of Social Development.
In 2003 the province established a
provincial AIDS Council (ECAC), hosted and driven by ESCECC. With this, ECSECC
was given a formal mandate to coordinate the multisectoral response to HIV and
In this period ECSECC continued to
support local government as it becomes a formal sphere of government and
planning became increasingly institutionalized. ECSECC developed toolkits and
training material for the first sets of Integrated Development Plans and Local
Economic Development Strategies at local level.